The Smartphone: From Consumer Luxury to Professional Necessity

23 Apr

In this age of modern technology, I can safely state that my IPhone is by far the most important tool in my business arsenal. Its versatility is incredible and its potential is limited only by the user’s creativity.  For example, earlier today I used the nifty device to send pertinent time-sensitive emails, relayed important meeting information to teammates via text, and checked the score of the Reds game in approximately 2 minutes. This kind of efficiency and accessibility could only have been dreamed of 10-15 years ago with the onset of the PDA and other personal data storage devices. This advent of increased efficient communication speaks volumes towards how our society is progressing.  Soon all of our information will be so digitalized that our Google Glasses and Google Gloves will constantly update us.

Accessibility and Utility

With a size small enough to fit in a pocket, a typical businessperson can easily go about his day planning his schedule and recording useful information at the expense of a few simple keystrokes. Now with the IPhone 4s ability to face time, the world of interpersonal contact has exploded with rapid face-to-face communication all at the availability of ones fingertips. The subtle nature of the smartphone also provides secrecy for the individual and allows for meetings and other presentations to continue without distraction. This wildly innovative device will soon replace the traditional cell phone in the market place and will increase efficiency to the point that instant communication will no longer be a dream but a reality.


The smartphone’s advantages and features are so vividly apparent that it would be naïve to underestimate its impact in the coming decade. The rapid communication and knowledge that can be spread so virally via the smartphone enables it to be one of the most safeguarded devices of an individual that if lost some people may go into a nervous breakdown.  All in all smartphones are the wave of the future and my only concern is that hopefully another company can begin to compete against the IPhone, because if not Apple will have a majority share in how the world communicates in a matter of a few years and if that doesn’t sound horrifying then you’re not a human being.

by Timothy Eschenbacher



One Response to “The Smartphone: From Consumer Luxury to Professional Necessity”

  1. Jacob Trunsky April 24, 2012 at 1:40 am #

    Interesting post, Timothy. I think the reason the iPhone really took off is because it is so simple to use. (Steve Jobs himself said, “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”)

    It will be amazing to see what Apple and Google can come up with in the next five years! As it relates to business communication, what are your thoughts on these devices being a distraction to businesspeople and getting in the way of work? That is definitely a concern.

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